The bishop of the Baguio Diocese has joined the calls to oppose the establishment of more e-bingo sites in the province of Benguet.
In a pastoral letter issued on Friday, April 23, Bishop Victor Bendico said that to even think that some Baguio officials want more gambling sites in this time of a pandemic is already “degrading and troublesome.”
He also expressed the diocese’s frustration over the issue, saying that they have consistently stood up against gambling in their area. (Read: Baguio Bishop Hits Property Developer for ‘Murder’ of Pine Trees)
“We, the faithful of the Diocese of Baguio, strongly oppose the proposal to have more bingo stalls in the city of Baguio to include the province of Benguet,” Bendico said.
The bishop said that “havoc in many families” await if gambling would continue to spread in the city.
No to Gambling
In an effort to mobilize local citizens against the establishment of more e-bingo stalls in the Benguet province, the Diocese of Baguio has rolled out a signature campaign calling for the suspension of the project.
“May we then be united to oppose the opening of other gambling areas where hopeful citizens can be lured to lose their money to the detriment of their families,” Bendico added. (Read: Local Church in Quezon Reiterates Opposition to Kaliwa Dam Project)
“Let us continue to act and to fight gambling that destroys life, wreaks havoc on communities, and promotes greed and addiction,” he also said.
E-Bingo in Baguio City
RCC Global Entertainment, Inc. (a gaming business authorized by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) has earlier submitted a request to operate e-bingo and other games in Baguio city. The application was approved by the Baguio City Council through a couple of resolutions.
However, Mayor Benjamin Magalong rejected the twin resolutions due to lack of public consultation. (Read: Remembering Sr. Fidelis Atienza, the Brain Behind Good Shepherd Ube Jam)